Week In Review

Trump’s budget Donald Trump unveiled his budget that includes drastic cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — the same programs that Arizonans told elected leaders to protect. The budget also greatly increases the deficit, forcing future generations to pay for tax cuts that benefit corporations and the super wealthy. Republicans are hellbent on providing […]

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Help put a stop to proposed minimum wage loophole

I want you to be aware that there is a bill currently going through the state legislature called HB 2523. It is allegedly designed to encourage youth employment and would allow employers to pay students $7.25/hour if they are between ages 18 and 22. Would it actually increase student employment? Many employers would be happy […]

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Chamber needs to reevaluate support for state wage bill

There was a stark juxtaposition of lead articles in the Daily Sun last week. Jan. 29th’s story, “NAU Student wage petition gains support,” reported on a petition to raise the minimum wage for NAU student employees to above $8.50/hr. The following day’s headline, “Student wages to be reduced?” reported on a move in the opposite […]

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Keep the Arizona minimum wage the same for all

Young people ages 18-22 years old deserve the same minimum salary as the workers 23 and older. Whether they are students at NAU or working in other parts of our state, they should receive at least the minimum wage. Recent legislation introduced by Travis Graham from the 12th district is unacceptable (Student wages to be […]

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Student debt can’t be solved by cutting wages

A quite crisis has crept across our nation, almost obsequies by its nature.The mounting debt of student loans is as serious as the 2007 housing crisis; except that, instead of losing a home, our college students are losing an opportunity to begin a family and career without being burdened by a lifetime of debt. While […]

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Action Alert: Federal Minimum Wage

Last week, Democratic leadership in Congress reintroduced the Raise the Wage Act (H. R. 582) in the House with 181 cosponsors and companion bill (S. 150) in the Senate with 31 cosponsors. This legislation, if enacted into law, would raise the federal minimum wage to $8.55 this year and increase the federal wage floor over the next five years to reach […]

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Prop 418 supporters shameful in misinformation

The “Yes on 418” campaign gets smarmier and more disingenuous by the minute. Recall, this is the new initiative – intentionally misleading in its representations – to strip the voter approved minimum wage from hard working people, many of whom are simply struggling to get by. Yes on 418’s “Keep Flagstaff Affordable” tag-line, and the […]

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Living Off Tips

Did you know that 1 in 2 Americans works at some point in their lives in the restaurant industry? Did you know that this is America’s fastest growing industry? Did you know that tipped workers are twice as likely to depend on food stamps as other working adults? Join us for a conversation about restaurant […]

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Update on Sylvia Allen’s View of Morality

State Senator Sylvia Allen (R) says its “immoral” to give workers 3 paid days of sick leave and a minimum wage, but it’s A-Okay to take money from public schools for private charters like the one she runs. Yesterday, a Republican-controlled Senate panel agreed with her and advanced a proposal to reverse the 2016 voter-approved […]

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Sylvia Allen Strikes Again

LD-6 State Senator Sylvia Allen wants to give Arizona voters a chance to decide if the current $10.50 an hour minimum wage is as high as it should ever go. This, in spite of the fact that voters just last year approved a statewide referendum to raise the minimum to $12 by 2020 and Flagstaff voters, […]

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